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Finding Form: Encaustic in the Third Dimension

Colored wax on a flat surface is just the beginning! In this workshop, we will look at materials and forms to bring your ideas to life, allowing you to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane.

Material is an essential part of our visual language, so you will want to choose the materials you wish to speak with carefully. Along with your ideas, you will bring various materials, including wood, cardboard, metal, fired clay pieces, dried plasterwork, fiber, string, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto (a complete list of suggestions to follow). You will learn exciting ways to weave these objects into your work.

Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will start by making your encaustic medium with pigment application. Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin, and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette, and then applied to an absorbent surface. In addition to safety practices, you will learn various techniques, including fusing, using transparencies, glazing, layering, building up texture, line making, carving, image transfer, mold making, and resin application with different surfaces. Returning students will learn new methods and may choose to work on advanced projects if they wish. Each student will finish up to two pieces during the week (using 3D, relief). 

  • Any tools that you can carve with or you enjoy using
  • An apron 
  • Sketches of ideas you might like to try – this class is about executing your ideas in new materials, so the more ideas, the better. This could be a chance to mix your current work with encaustic. 
  • Small objects you wish to include in your pieces – these could be treasures you have held onto or other items like, ceramic (fired clay pieces/dried plaster work), metal, paper or organic materials (wood, fiber, string). 
  • Adjustable settling propane torch and/or heat gun


  • Oil paints to add to the encaustic work or to paint other objects that are not wax (oil paint, brushes or thinners for painting, etc. – these are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own)
  • You are welcome to bring your own cradled birch painting panel(s) (any size).

This workshop’s $120 lab fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, art resin, and the use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, and metal tools. 

Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee Nation) a contemporary multi-media artist. With a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, MA and MFA from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Wilson’s works are in corporate, public, and museum collections throughout the United States, as well as national and international private collections such as; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, C.N. Gorman Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited her work at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, in Santa Fe, Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Wilson has received many awards, grants, and fellowships for her evocative sculptures, including a 2017 SWAIA Discovery Fellowship from the Santa Fe Indian Market and a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Instagram: @hollywilsonart


Age: 19 years and above

Dates: June 27 – July 1, 2022

One week session

Tuition, room, and board: $1515

Day student tuition: $790

Lab Fee: $120 includes: encaustic wax, pigments, 2 12”x16” wood panels, propane, Rebound 25 Brushable, liquid plastic, use of wood-burning tools, griddles, shared materials; plus to keep: alcohol lamp, and two metal tools.

Skill Level: All levels.

Enrollment is limited to 8 student

Instructor: Holly Wilson

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